Requirement to show photo ID is racist

Clyburn is a racist idiot.

According to the new law, South Carolina has available free photo ID’s, if you can get off your butt to get a voter registration card, why not a free photo ID?  Many of these people who do not currently have a Drivers License have lost it due to criminal activity, i.e. DUI and don’t choose to get a photo ID card.  

I’m in South Carolina and I have always had to show a photo ID.  Can I scream discrimination if I’m required to show an ID when others aren’t? 

In flap over S. Carolina law, old tensions and a campaign issue

By Andy Sullivan | Reuters

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) – The state that fired the first shot in the Civil War is once again battling the U.S. government in a racially charged conflict that is drawing heated rhetoric from Republican presidential candidates.

South Carolina is in a standoff with Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration over a new state law that would require residents to produce a photo ID before they could vote. Federal officials say it could disproportionately keep black voters away from the polls.

For South Carolina’s Republican leaders – and Republican presidential candidates seeking support in the state’s primary on January 21 – the Justice Department’s move is the latest in a series of intrusions into state business by Washington.

Republican candidates are waving the banner of states’ rights as they tout their small-government credentials.

“Each of our states are under assault right now by this administration,” Texas Governor Rick Perry said Saturday at a candidates’ forum in Charleston. “We may be under assault – South Carolina, they’re actually at war with you.”

Such declarations might make for smart politics in a state that has a suspicion of Washington woven into its DNA, but they risk stirring up the race-baiting that has been an ugly feature of South Carolina politics in the past.

The rallying cry of states’ rights was used to defend slavery before the Civil War and racial segregation during the post-World War Two battles over civil rights.

Recently, South Carolina Republicans have argued that the federal government is interfering in their plans for education, healthcare, labor law, immigration policy and voting.

In South Carolina, Perry hasn’t been the only Republican presidential candidate to inject controversial imagery into discussions of states’ rights and bloated federal programs.

Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich has called Obama a “food stamp president” and suggested that low-income children should clean their schools to learn the value of work and replace unionized janitors.

And former Senator Rick Santorum said last week the coming election would be the most important since 1860, the year before the Civil War began. He has since changed the date to 1980, when conservative icon Ronald Reagan was elected president.

Candidates from a party looking to increase its share of minority voters and who are vying to take on Obama, the United States’ first African-American president, should tread more carefully on racial issues, analysts and others say.

U.S. Representative Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat and the highest-ranking African American in Congress, says some candidates have been using coded phrases to play up racial tension.

“What we hear more and more today is people picking up what I call 21st-century words and phrases to transmit the same thoughts that went into the political procedure years ago,” Clyburn told Reuters.

“That’s the stuff of which dangerous activity is built.”


Bashing the federal government is good politics in South Carolina, but any attempt to play on racial tension is likely to backfire, said Clemson University professor J. David Woodard.

“This isn’t the ’60s anymore; things have changed dramatically,” said Woodard, who also is a Republican consultant. “That would blow up in your face right away if you did that.”

With reporters from around the world crisscrossing South Carolina this week, injecting race into political discussions risks dredging up stereotypes of an Old South that faded away before most of residents here were born, Woodard and others here say.

Increasing urbanization and the arrival of international businesses such as BMW and Michelin have ushered in a new era of tolerance, many residents say.

Republicans proudly point to their Indian-American governor, Nikki Haley, and an African-American congressman, Tim Scott, as evidence that prejudice is largely a thing of the past.

Even so, South Carolina’s electorate remains sharply split along racial lines. In the 2008 presidential election, 73 percent of whites here voted for Republican John McCain, while 96 percent of blacks voted for Obama.

And the old attitudes haven’t disappeared entirely.

“I hate to say it, but ever since the schools integrated (in the 1960s), it went downhill,” unemployed paralegal Vicki Cotterman said at a campaign stop for Perry in Walterboro on Thursday. “The white boys try to be like some of the black thugs – they go around with their pants down to their knees. It’s disrespectful.”

Insurance agent Patti McBride said she believed Obama, a practicing Christian, actually is a Muslim because he has an unusual first name.

“Our country was founded on Christianity, and now we have a Muslim with a Muslim name as the president, for God’s sakes,” McBride said.


South Carolina has been in almost constant conflict with Washington since Obama took office.

The state has joined several others in a legal challenge to Obama’s healthcare law. South Carolina officials have rejected $144 million in federal money for public schools on the grounds that it represents an intrusion into state affairs.

State officials also vigorously fought the National Labor Relations Board, which challenged Boeing Co.’s decision to shift 1,000 jobs into South Carolina from Washington state, where laws are more friendly to labor unions.

“I had no idea that the hardest part about being the governor of South Carolina would be the federal government,” Haley said Wednesday at a rally for Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Before it stepped into the voter ID case, the U.S. Justice Department sued to block a new South Carolina law that would require law officers to check suspects’ immigration status.

The voter ID conflict stems from a new state law that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. Federal officials and South Carolina Democrats who oppose the law say it could disenfranchise up to one-third of black and other minority voters.

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to address the conflict at a rally in Columbia marking Martin Luther King Day, the national holiday recognizing the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968.

Holder, like Obama, is black. The visit is widely viewed as a way for Obama’s administration to steal some of the spotlight from the Republican primary and remind voters of the policy differences between Democrats and Republicans.

South Carolina is one of six Republican-led states that tightened their laws last year to require a photo ID, a measure conservatives say will deter fraud.

Two other Republican-led states have similar laws in place, while 23 other states require voters to produce some form of identification.

South Carolina, like other largely southern states with a history of racial discrimination, must get pre-approval from the U.S. government before implementing new voting laws.

About 200,000 registered voters in South Carolina do not have a driver’s license or other state-issued ID, according to the state election commission.

Various nationwide studies have indicated that African Americans, Latinos, the elderly, people with disabilities and students are less likely to have a photo ID than other voting groups, in part because of the expense involved in obtaining one.

The Justice Department blocked the law on December 23 on the grounds that it would disproportionately affect minority voters. Republican presidential candidates call it another example of Obama’s overly intrusive government.

“If the only people who vote in elections are law-abiding, hardworking citizens who are deeply committed to America, the left wing of the Democratic Party will cease to exist,” Gingrich said on Friday at a campaign stop in Duncan, South Carolina.

Clyburn, a veteran of the desegregation battles of the 1960s, sees it as an attempt to return to an earlier era when blacks were kept from the polls.

“All of that’s designed to tamp down voter involvement,” Clyburn said. “They can cloak it any way they want to cloak it.”

17 comments on “Requirement to show photo ID is racist

  1. Pingback: South Carolina Voter Law…Much Ado About Nothing? « That Mr. G Guy's Blog

  2. My kids and I just had this discussion today. If you have to show an ID to buy smokes or alcohol, and yet it’s offensive to require it to vote, umm those who do not wish to obtain an ID should not be smoking or drinking either, right? hmmm ya!

  3. I suppose what I’d actually like to see is there reasoning for “WHY” this is discriminatory. If everyone must have an ID…and SC has passed a law that an ID for non driving purposes is FREE…then how is everyone having one discriminatory? This law is designed to stop voter fraud, like the rampant fraud from ACORN and those like them in the last election. The only “discriminatory” thing happening here is that those who aren’t legally allowed to vote wouldn’t be able to and therefore, the LEGAL residents of this country are being discriminated against. By the way, MLK, Jr. was a registered Republican.

  4. In your opinion he is racist. You are saying that because he is white. Anti-racist is just a code word for anti-White.

    • Dude, did you even read the damn article? James Clyburn, the Black Democratic Representative from the great state of South Carolina said that the recent new Voter ID Law South Carolina passed is raaaaacist.

      As has been noted, and it’s not just Blacks, but Whites, also, that are too damn lazy to get off their asses, go down to the DMV and apply for the proffered FREE state issued photo ID that would enable them to vote. What that brings me to believe is that these folks don’t take their civic responsibilities seriously.

      For a little refresher on current SC voter laws, you may visit my blog at;

      Mike G.

  5. “The Justice Department blocked the law on December 23 on the grounds that it would disproportionately affect minority voters.”

    What about mass third world immigration and forced integration? This diproportionately affects White People; it’s either ‘White flight’, or “mix in” with all the non-Whites pouring into our communities so that White People are blended out of extistence (GENOCIDE). Practically no White People can stay in the communities where we grew up if we want White children and grandchildren. And then the continuence of the massive third world immigration into White countries and ONLY White countries and FORCED integration will eventually catch up to any White person wherever they may be. This IS geNOcide by racial replacement, but Africa will still be full of Africans, and Asia will still be full of Asians, ONLY White People will be blended out of extisence if we don’t put a stop to this madness NOW!
    Anti-racism is a code word for anti-White.

  6. Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country and ONLY into Black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane Black man to notice this and what kind of psycho Black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

    • Dude, you and your buddy Zrinski need to go to rehab and get off whatever it is you’re on. Or at least go back to school and take remedial reading comprehension.

      Most Americans, 70%, doesn’t matter what race or ethnicity, want fair elections. What we don’t want is Chicago style elections where dead people vote and people that don’t have the right to vote, have their illegal vote counted. Every illegal vote that is cast just negates the vote of eligible voters. If a person is too stupid to get off their lazy ass and go to the DMV for a FREE state issued photo ID, then they don’t deserve to vote. It’s that simple.

      This post is about the election and voting laws, or the lack thereof. The Democrats are making it about Race.

      • I agree with you. The guy you responded to is off topic, but what he said is true.
        Africa isn’t becoming non-black. African people don’t have a policy of mass non-black immigration and assimilation forced upon them. Asia isn’t becoming non-Asian. Asian people don’t have a policy of mass non-Asian immigration and assimilation forced upon them. Yet EVERY White country has to accept a policy of mass non-white immigration and assimilation. It’s genocide.

      • A lot of the problems we have today are a result of WHITES not being allowed to be white but needing to adapt to a multi-racial society. We have anti-white govt today which is committed to following the policy of AFRICA FOR AFRICANS, ASIA FOR ASIANS, AND WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYONE. There is no limit to the number of problems created by those who seek the extinction of the white race.
        While everyone is busy putting out all the fires created, the core issue of WHITE GENOCIDE is being ignored.
        ANTI-WHITE is a great label to put on those who are trying to change a WHITE country into a multi-racial utopia. DON’T YOU

      • Do you know why people don’t immigrate to Africa? Because it’s a continent where countries are run by tyrannical despots. Why would anyone want to go there? Asia, same thing. Most of the countries are governed by tyrants and are cesspools of disease and despair.

        There’s a reason people want to come to America. We’re not called the melting pot of the world for nothing. Almost no where else in the world do people with nothing, have a chance to prosper. And hey, no one is forcing you to marry out of your race or ethnicity. That’s your personal choice.

        So short answer, I don’t agree. And another thing…Utopia is a fantasy perpetrated on the ignorant by Progressives in their generations long scheme to make America into a Socialist country. Don’t You Agree?

      • I don’t see the world through an anti-white lens as you do. I know that you would not agree because you are anti-white. You and yours have stolen this country from white people. Just read the first paragraph of the Constitution so you can be aware of your theft. This country was made by and for white people.
        Melting pot? Is that a Constitutional idea?
        The present anti-white govt follows the policy of AFRICA FOR AFRICANS, ASIA FOR ASIANS AND WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYONE. That is, no place for white people to be white. No place for whites to be prosperous without theft by anti-whites and non-whites.
        I don’t care why people might want to come here. They have their own native lands. They can improve them, but don’t come here.
        And who are you to give this country away to foreigners.
        Well, you are anti-white and pro-white genocide. You are the enemy.

      • First off, I’m White, but I’m not racist. Second of all, take your White Supremacist crap and shove it back up where the sun don’t shine. I’m being polite here. 😉

      • I have to somewhat agree with savethechildren but I don’t think that makes us racist, facts are facts.

        The statement “This country was made by and for white people” is true.

        The statement “They have their own native lands. They can improve them but don’t come here” is the same way I feel.

        We are being force fed minorities from third world countries who cannot survive in their own lands. They come here in droves, cannot assimilate themselves to the American way of life and have are responsible for a high percentage of crime.

        They don’t have the ambition or courage to clean up their own sewage so they come here to destroy our country and try to turn America into their country but with benefits. They essentially are just moving the slums of their countries to our country, we don’t need any more hoods.

        And the misconception is, they take jobs from Americans. They don’t take jobs from Americans, Americans give them the jobs. So I have to agree with the “anti-white” label put on white Americans.

  7. This is a great example of why we can’t have political discussions in this country any more. Hate-mongers are so wound up about race that they can’t see what’s right in front of them. Whether white, black or purple, our rights are being stolen from us at an alarming rate. THIS is the “conspiracy” that all people who hold their civil liberties dear should be worried about, not who your neighbor is having children with.

    And how, exactly, is requiring identification to vote racist? I have showed ID at every poll I have ever gone to, or at least my voter registration card (These are free, people!). And for the state to, basically, take a loss to provide non-driving ID cards to all citizens, folks in SC should be happy! In VA, you pay $12 for a non-driver ID and must be in possession of ID at all times by state law. No one is screaming racism here. I guess I just don’t understand what more the state of SC could be doing to assure that voting is fair and legitimate.

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